Published 12/10/2012 in News : PoliticsBy The Hutchinson News
Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp sent two separate letters Friday to Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio.
In one letter, the 1st District congressman with homes in Hutchinson and Fowler sought reinstatement to the House Agriculture and Budget committees.
The second letter requested "a full and complete written explanation" by the close of business Dec. 28, regarding why Huelskamp and other legislators were removed from key committees.
Besides Huelskamp, the second letter also was signed by Reps. Justin Amash, R-Mich., and David Schweikert, R-Ariz, who were ousted, too, from committees.
Huelskamp contends he should be reinstated because:
* "The Agriculture and Budget Committees fall directly within my areas of expertise."
* He is a fifth-generation farmer with a doctorate degree in "Agriculture policy-making."
* The 1st District is an agricultural area with a history of representation on the Agriculture Committee.
* He brings "nearly 20 years of budget research, development, and leadership" to the Budget Committee.
The second letter, from the trio of conservative Republican House members booted from assignments, wants answers and set a deadline.
It described a haphazard way of informing the lawmakers about the Steering Committee's decision Monday to remove them from committees.
Also, the letter states: "To this date, no formal explanation has been given for the removal."
The lawmakers said they understand a "scorecard" was used to determine which House members followed Republican leadership on key voters, and which ones did not.
The congressmen demanded a copy of the scorecard.
Found 9 comment(s)!
Rep. Huelskamp Whines
I find it bizarre to hear a politician whine about being on the receiving end of “politics.” Rep. Huelskamp, and his fellow tea party ideologues, would be well served to understand that “A society devoid of compromise is totalitarian.” (Alinsky)
Posted by: jack on 12/21/2012
Rep. Huelskamp priorities
According to Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh at K-State who is a leading expert on Ag Policy, having the rep off the committee will be better since his spot will be replaced with someone who actually does something. The congressman voted no on key issues for our area such as the farm bill. He is a wing nut and we need to find someone who actually can represent our area properly.
Posted by: Nick on 12/12/2012
Team Players Not Needed
Team players are the ones who brought us a $16 trillion debt and insolvent entitlement programs. Thank you, Congressman Huelskamp, for not wanting to play on the same team as the people ruining this country. We need more people like him who are willing to go to Washington and raise hell, not taxes and debt ceilings.
Posted by: Harvey on 12/11/2012
The real concern here is for the people of Kansas.The farmers and ranchers have lost a voice on the Ag committee and won't get it back as long as Huelscamp is their Rep.
Posted by: Concerned for Kansas on 12/11/2012
Boehner to Huelskamp:
Dear Mr. Huelskamp,
Your request for a written letter of explanation is received and noted. However, it is the opinion from the Speaker’ office that a ‘Sticky Note’ will suffice in delivering the written explanation.
Further inquiries may be forwarded to Congressman Ryan!
PS. For the love of God quit whining!
Posted by: Folks on 12/10/2012
Tim's a Bit shady
You are exactly right. Only he is not just A LITTLE BIT shady, he is completely shady. But what can you expect when we have people in this state who ONLY vote republican! It does not matter which one is more qualified, they ONLY vote the party line!
Posted by: Concerned Citizen on 12/10/2012
Tim's kinda far out
I have to agree with "hmm". I've met the ol' Timster a couple of times. He has eyes like a shark and a dead fish handshake. In my opinion he's an antisocial personality that has no business representing the State of Kansas...for anything. Yes, he's a real loser.
Posted by: Native Kansas on 12/10/2012
Tim's a bit shady
I think he was booted because Timmy is a bit shady. Ever met the guy? Kinda gave me chills.
Posted by: hmm on 12/10/2012
The reason is common knowledge. It has nothing to do with representing the people, it has everything to do with being re-elected and having a majority! This country is in sad, sad shape when it comes to elected officials representing this constituents. WE NEED TERM LIMITS NOT CAREER POLITICIANS.
Posted by: Tom Dinkel on 12/10/2012